Wednesday, May 18, 2005
CuckooBananas Disconnect with the American People on Jobs & and the Workplace!
paineinthearse (1000+ posts)
Tue May-17-05 06:26 PMOriginal message
* demonstrates how detached he is from the plight of the average worker
Edited on Tue May-17-05 06:38 PM by paineinthearse
In heralding the statistically obvious fact that "more Americans are working today than ever in our nation's history," - http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/05/20050516.html - * suggested the economy has never performed better for all Americans.Yet a Gallup Poll reports that "fewer than 4 in 10 Americans (38%) say now is a good time to find a quality job, while the majority of adults nationwide, 59%, say it is a bad time." -
American Public Opinion About Unemployment and Jobs Tuesday, May 17, 2005by
Good or Bad Time to Find a Job? Fewer than 4 in 10 Americans (38%) say now is a good time to find a quality job, while the majority of adults nationwide, 59%, say it is a bad time, according to a May 2-5 Gallup Poll. The percentage of Americans saying it is a good time to find a quality job has shown little fluctuation over the past several months -- averaging 38% in February, 37% in March, and 38% in April -- but is slightly higher than Gallup found in January, when 33% said it was a good time to find a quality job. Over the past several years, perceptions about the job market have been more negative than Gallup's current findings. In 2001, across four polls conducted from August through December, 28% of Americans, on average, said it was a good time to find a quality job. The yearly average declined two points in 2002, to 26%, and fell even further, to 21%, in 2003. Last year, the average increased to 32%.
Unemployment as the Most Important Problem - The May 2-5 poll finds that without prompting, 8% of Americans mention unemployment or jobs as the most important problem facing the country today. The top problems this month, according to Americans, are the situation in Iraq (21%) and the general state of the economy (12%), followed by Social Security (9%), fuel prices (8%), unemployment, and healthcare (7%). The number of people mentioning unemployment or jobs in response to this "most important problem" question has remained steady for the past four months, but was slightly higher, at 11%, in January. In recent years, the average number of mentions of unemployment on a yearly basis was 6% in 2001, 7% in 2002, 12% in 2003, and 14% in 2004. The perception that unemployment or jobs are the nation's top problem has been considerably higher historically. In 1945, at the close of World War II, 77% of Americans mentioned unemployment or jobs as the most important problem. In the mid-1980s and again in the early 1990s, there were points when roughly one in four Americans mentioned unemployment or jobs.
Financial Worries- Gallup's annual survey on the economy and personal finance, conducted April 4-7, asked Americans to specify their level of worry about seven financial issues. The results show that Americans are most worried about not having enough money for retirement (30% very worried and 30% somewhat worried) and not being able to pay medical costs caused by a major illness or accident (30% very and 22% somewhat worried). Next on the list for Americans is not being able to pay medical costs for normal healthcare (23% very and 19% somewhat worried), not being able to maintain their own standard of living (14% very and 27% somewhat worried), not having enough money to pay normal monthly bills (13% very and 17% somewhat worried), and not being able to pay rent, mortgage, or housing costs (10% very and 13% somewhat worried). At the bottom of the list is not being able to make the minimum payments on credit cards (7% very and 9% somewhat worried).